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Funny Farm (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1988 (USA)
A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be overrun with a gauntlet of crazy inhabitants.

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Storyline

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of the country to write the Great American Novel. From the moment the movers' truck gets lost with their furniture, though, there's little peace and less quiet. From a manical mailman to a dead body buried in the garden, Andy is distracted by the town and its wacky inhabitants. His effort at a novel is mediocre, at best, and he's threatened by Elizabeth's foray into writing when she attempts a children's book. Can the Farmers survive the townsfolk and each other? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Chevy Chase finds life in the country isn't what it's cracked up to be!

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Comedy | Drama

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3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras y desventuras de un yuppie en el campo  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,537,221 (USA)
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Trivia

The name of the country newspaper that Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase) wrote as a sports-writer for was "The Redbud Gazette". The name of the Manhattan paper Andy wrote as a sports-writer for at the start of the picture is never mentioned. See more »

Goofs

During the meeting with the lawyers about the divorce, Mrs. Farmer mentions that July is seven months away, meaning it is December. Yet, in the next exterior shot we see the grass is green and the leaves are still on the trees. See more »

Quotes

Andy Farmer: I want a Goddamn refund!
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References The World According to Garp (1982) See more »

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The Washington Post
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Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by John Philip Sousa, United States Marine Band
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Great Addition To Chevy's 'Average Guy' Comedies
4 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

While watching this movie, I realized that on several levels we live in a small town not much different from the Vermont one depicted. Our tourist town is located on a Channel Island in the Pacific, but the characters couldn't be more identical to those Chevy and wife deals with in the rural town they move to for serenity and quiet. Everyone tests their resolve to live in that community, and in failing to measure up to their standards, they are treated as outsiders. Once they understand the neighborhood peculiarities, everyone becomes acquainted, then accustomed to one another. While finding a common bond and learning to fit in, there is one silly misadventure after another. There are a lot of laughs in this movie that allow a person to stand back and realize that this is how small communities conduct themselves everywhere, and is a study in human behavior. Chevy's characters rarely make anything easy, which combined with a seemingly conservative personality has become his calling card.


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